The orange-crowned warbler is a small and very plain warbler with a small finely pointed bill and a light, broken eye-ring. Perhaps the best field mark for this greenish-above, yellowish-below warbler is the yellow undertail.
Song is a fast trill that slows in tempo and drops in tone. Call is a faint tik!
Despite its name, the orange-crowned warbler’s orange crown is not a regularly seen, reliable field mark.
Far more common in the West and North than in the East. In summer, prefers aspen groves, woods with a brushy understory, spruce forest, and streamside thickets. In winter, common in the South in similar habitats as well as in parks and gardens.
The orange-crowned warbler is one of our warblers that will visit bird feeders for mealworms, suet, and peanut bits.